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Shouldn't be that big of a deal for most.. Many free services exist online to send SMS.

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So why wouldn't we start the first RZD thread on the new 1chan?

As usual: I provide you with stuff, you provide me with questions and topics for discussion on the subject. Something like this basically.
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Justice, bitch!


Oh man, is there a story behind this? :^)


What pretty photos.


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Well I suppose this will be another answer no one will care about because of how late it is, right?:(

Nothing different from hundreds of other stories like this. Just some rich moron that thinks he is beyond all laws get owned be the laws of physics. This car is 125000 bucks (even loco like this is still much more expensive), I hope he won't get any money from the insurance. Hopefully RZD's Traction Department will sue him also.


I must say I'm impressed that this is the longest running thread currently, maybe even in 1chan history. Glory to Mother Russia.

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Is this the greatest bicentennial paint scheme ?



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For sale: ED403 locomotive. One careful owner.



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I remember how a few years ago Moscow metro had a few decommissioned original Yauza (81-720 and 81-721) cars for sale as cheap as about 67000 RUB which was about 2200 bucks for the time, probably it is even less than the scrapmetal worth. No one bought it as far as I know which is pity since this is very limited production model. Luckily there are two consists still in use and probably the model will be conserved after all.
Also not long before that someone bought from them decommissioned but used as some pantry in the Presnya depot 1935 A type car for about 200000 RUB. However recently it suddenly ended up again in the MM museum stock but this is another story.


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Reminds me of quite a while back in Melbourne. The state government sold the Hitachis for something like $5000 per 3 car set. Then things happened and they wanted them back, being willing to pay $20000 per set.

Some of them ended up in interesting places, one by a café in Sydney and 3 cars on the roof of a restaurant in Melbourne.

I'd love to have one but I don't have the space lol.

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Anybody else ever ridden without a ticket?

I'm curious if you all can give some tips on how to train surf safely, and any advice on how to interact with railyard staff without being a menace and causing trouble. I'm a homeless enthusiast that loves to get around and I don't want to cause anyone unnecessary trouble with my presence. I just rode for my first time (CSX) and didn't have any problems but as I said, I'm curious if you all have any input.
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>don't ride suicide
Don't what now?


What happened to Dirtykid?


… he already has two posts in this thread.


Tex is that you?! I'm goin' damn near blind here..


Haha, did you just try to cool-guy me about Pat the Bunny?

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Its Construction, Development, Management, and Appliances

Published in 1889.


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I'm far from home in Muni land for a few days. Got a personal tour of the car barn for the cable cars today. This ship is incredible. They have everything necessary to keep the cars running, including an on site blacksmith shop.
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Nice! I interned with Muni over the summer. I have to say the light rail trains are maybe even cooler than the historic streetcars.


I dunno about that. I'll say that the steps that change level impressed me, though. It scared the piss out of me the first time I saw it happen.

We were riding a train that came off one of the high level lines as it was pulling in to MME. As you pull in to the yard, the steps automatically go down. But I didn't know about the steps moving at all. I heard something announced on the speakers, but they were tinny and almost impossible to understand. Then suddenly, there's the massive whoosh and the warning bells coming on. I thought something actually broke. My guide laughed at me pretty hard for that one.


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One more that I found interesting: the end of the E line and some of the light rail whose names I can't remember go right by AT&T stadium. I found this posted nearby and was surprised. I've never seen an actual posted speed limit with conditions like this. It makes sense, though. I'm used to people just saying "go slow through x because of y" when it comes to special events.


Wonder how many events you have to have per yer to make a sign like this worthwhile.


>Slowing down for parades and festivals.
Fuck that noise. Track speed is track speed. Ring the bell and blow the horn.

It's the same thing as idiots that don't want to kick cars on industry tracks. A track that is in service is in service.

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Along the old MKT line south out of Dallas, for several miles there is a wire suspended more or less above the tracks, like a trolley wire, but it deviates way too much on some curves, and goes over highway bridges where the tracks go under. At one end, the wire comes off a transmission tower carrying a bunch of other lines, and the at the other end it seems to go away when the power lines branch off. For years I've wondered what the fuck the wire is there for. Anyone have a clue what it's doing there?
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>Is it due to some bizarre ROW constraint

Almost definitely. Could have been the power company wanting to test new line types, specific rights eg: another company wanted to run a line, and couldn't co-locate it with the other lines. Lots of things…


Definitely just power, and the previous speculations about ROW easements are probably right. The Katy never hosted electric rail vehicles (under power, at least), only steam and diesel.

If you found that, damn, you were in a rough part of town. That location on the map is right behind one of my bus garages. I honestly hate going there.


I found it out of boredly wandering around google maps a few years ago, but recently on business I have been having to venture to the shittier parts of DFW.


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As your resident telecommunications tech I can tell you with 99.997% certainty what you are looking at: It's a fibre optic line. There's actually 2 of them at your pin-drop.

Several things stand out for me. Mainly that there is a lack of insulators which tell me no power flows along it. I also followed the line south from your pin and on the next high voltage transmission tower (here in western Canada, BC Hydro and TransAlta Utilities call them "structures") I see a fibre loop strapped to the pole. It looks identical to the one suspended over the tracks which also use the same support hardware.

So keeping that in mind I continued south following the uninsulated line supported over the tracks. Eventually it stops and transfers back to a high-voltage structure near Blanco Dr and Witt Rd just north of a substation. It actually pairs back up with the other FO line seen at your pin-drop.

Now, if you are wondering why it would branch off for a ways before rejoining, it's quite possible that it's done as an economic measure. Telecom companies will often lease a spot on a Utility structure (or competitors pole) for a set rate usually by the km or mile. Sometimes it's cheaper to put up your own. I've seen a dozen examples of this in my city.

Hard to tell in the Streetview images but that appears to be a decent sized FO line.


Cool, that makes sense. Thanks for the info everyone. I was going to post a pic I took with my phone today, but it wouldn't go through for some reason.


Peep the comments.



The comments aren't displaying.


I meant the comment in which I posted the link, since links in OP posts aren't allowed :P


That's just… wow. That guy had too much time on his hands.

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Johannesburg - A Transnet contract worth almost R8bn for new Chinese-manufactured locomotives has hit a stumbling block as technical problems have plagued the first of the trains to arrive in South Africa.
News24 can reveal that the alternators of the first two diesel locomotives delivered to Transnet by CRRC Corporation, China's state-owned rail behemoth, posed serious problems soon after they arrived in South Africa last year, rendering the locomotives unable to operate.
Transnet is now refusing to accept a further 18 locomotives that are waiting to be shipped to South Africa. The locomotives' alternators "vibrate excessively", say sources familiar with the development.
Alarmingly, problems with the alternators of similar Chinese-manufactured locomotives ordered by Namibia in 2004 played a role in that country's decision to stop using them.
An alternator is one of the most crucial components on a diesel locomotive, as it generates the power that moves the train forward.
Transnet, however, maintains that the locomotives are still at "prototype stage" and that CRRC "has resolved the problem successfully".
Problems from 'day one'
In 2014 Transnet, under then CEO Brian Molefe, placed the largest order for locomotives in South Africa's history when it awarded a tender worth R50bn to four international original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for 1 064 new locomotives.
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>video from ZA

Thanks Smitty. What was our ride?


Sometimes I do my training here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl40I8MaJWI



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More than a year of gross mismanagement and corruption — with billions lost to dodgy tenders and crooked politicians — has brought the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to breaking point and transport minister Dipuo Peters has had enough.

Read: Acting Prasa boss bumps up his own salary by 350% in first seven months

Peters on Wednesday announced the dissolution of the Prasa board and said an interim one would be appointed soon.

On Tuesday parliament approved the dissolution of the board of another state owned enterprise (SOE), the SABC, and announced the interim board meant to salvage what is left of the national broadcaster on Wednesday.


SABC, too? JHC on a sailboard!

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